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“Great setting. Great hotel and pleasant microbrewery” 4 of 5 stars
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Nottingham Road | Between Balgowan and Mooi River, Nottingham Road 3280, South Africa   |  
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“Great setting. Great hotel and pleasant microbrewery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

One of the nicest parts of South Africa. Get a room facing the Dams! Book a meal at Bierfassl, and try the local microbrewery beers. Good base to explore the midlands meander. Finalizing renovations, so get a renovated room.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Peter D, Public Relations Manager at Rawdons Hotel & Estate, responded to this review, October 21, 2012
Thank you so much for your wonderful review.

Just to let you know we are literally days away from the last 2 x rooms being renovated and they are looking stunning! Yes, our locality is superb for enjoying the meander and we love that you love our beers! Hope to see you back soon.

Kind regards,
The Rawdons Family.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pointe d'Esny, Grand Port, Mauritius
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

A 1-night stopover at this charming olde world hotel, turned out to be 4 glorious nights in a simply stunning, romantic setting which, needless to say, we fell in love with immediately! What added to the charm of this Little piece of England was the warm, friendly welcome we received on that freezing afternoon in July! The room, with central heating, was lovely & really comfy, overlooking the lake - and what a pleasure to step on to a warm bathroom floor! The English pub, with its cozy ambiance, was so welcoming, with a roaring log fire & "yummy" pub food! The food & the service in the dining-room was excellent too! In a nutshell - "delightful!" We'll definitely be back - for a longer stay...

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Peter D, Public Relations Manager at Rawdons Hotel & Estate, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful compliments. We are thrilled you enjoyed all the finer details that we pride ourselves for, as you say, like the heated floors! We are constantly striving to improve our offerings and your compliments bare testimony to the fact that we are succeeding! It is wonderful that we are able to give feedback to our staff which further encourages them to go that extra mile. We pride ourselves as a warm, welcoming famiy and look forward to seeing you again.

Kind regards,
The Rawdons Family
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Pretoria
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

We arrived here from the south coast enroute to Pretoria late on Sunday afternoon August 12th.
The aim was simply to visit the Nottingham Road Brewing Company to get hold of a few of their excellant products to take home (I am a beer enthusiast and admirer of the NRBC range).
Whilst enjoying a beautiful Porter in the charming pub, the wife and children had a stroll around the property. And that as they say, was that.
She begged to stay over.
I am still not sure whether it was the warm glow from the Porter, the log fire or the superb surroundings which bowled me over but I needed no arm twisting.
you'll be seeing us again soon! :)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Peter D, Public Relations Manager at Rawdons Hotel & Estate, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
Thank you so much for such lovely feedback, we are very proud of our micro-brewery and so pleased you are a keen imbiber! Thank you to your wife and kids for encouraging you to stay, we are so pleased you were able to experience not only the lovely estate and pub, but also the renovated rooms. We trust you slept like a king and look forward to seeing you back soon,

Take care,

The Rawdons Family.
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Durban
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Have been on day visits to Rawdons before and our wonderfully peaceful stay this time was lengthened from two nights to three because we just couldn't bear to leave the peaceful tranquility and hospitality that Rawdons offered. We will be back!

Room Tip: Choose a lake facing room because the view is well worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Peter D, Public Relations Manager at Rawdons Hotel & Estate, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
Thank you - we loved having you stay with us. We are thrilled we surpassed your expectations and that you extended your stay. See you next time - perhaps next time can you squeeze in a 4th day!

Take care and see you back soon,

Kind regards,
The Rawdons Family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Colin and Marjorie

We have stayed at Rawdon's many times, It's a good stopover on the road between the South Coast and Johannesburg. This trip it was very cold, and we were glad of the warm and sincere welcome we received - as well as with the way the hotel has been upgraded through very careful and tasteful modernisation. The public rooms have never looked better, and the bedrooms are beautiful. Bathrooms are modern and really lovely. The food was excellent, and the pub,( happily not revamped!) with roaring log fires, just the best place to be on a winter night. The staff were as welcoming and helpful as ever.
Not to mention we bought some Pickled Pig to take home!! Always a great extra...

Room Tip: Lake facing rooms are quite delightful, summer or winter..
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Peter D, Public Relations Manager at Rawdons Hotel & Estate, responded to this review, August 7, 2012
Dear Colin and Marjorie,

Thank you so much for such delightful feedback - I did respond previously but somehow it didn't seem to post - yes, we are so proud of the renovations and you will be pleased to know we are extending the pub a little more, but will be keeping the exact same charm of a true English pub!! By the way, as I speak, Rawdons is covered in thick snow, it is absolutley beautiful!!!!

Looking forward to seeing you back,

Kind regards,
The Rawdons family
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Durban, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

The rooms are comfortable and beautifully revamped. The food is good country fair with healthy portions. The hotel has a warm atmosphere with log fires in the library, restaurant and bar. It's centrally situated on the meander and child friendly. Well worth visiting!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Peter D, Public Relations Manager at Rawdons Hotel & Estate, responded to this review, July 18, 2012
A great friendly hotel - yes, thats absolutely us! Our friendliness and sense of family are very important to us.

Thank you so much for your kind compliments - we really do appreciate all the feedback we get. I hope you had fun on the boardwalks, fishing, and perhaps even on the canoe with your children!

We look forward to seeing you back,

Kind regards,
The Rawdons family
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Pretoria
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Booked into Rawdons on way back home to Pretoria from a Durban holiday. The quick detour into the Midlands did not disappoint. Wonderful hospitality from David and his team. Good, simple pub food. Try the pies, they're big and tasty. Rooms are neat and old school. Views from the bath onto the lake was spectacular - Room 17 family room.
We will go back in the summer to appreciate the rolling green hills and scenery.
The Dreyers from Pretoria

Room Tip: Lake views from Room 17 was good
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Public Relations Manager at Rawdons Hotel & Estate, responded to this review, July 10, 2012
Dear Dreyer family,

Thank you for choosing Rawdons as your break-your-journey hotel of choice. We are thrilled you enjoyed yourself and impressed by our `world class hospitality' which we strive to improve all the time. Your feedback is so valuable to us.

Yes, absolutely, see you in the summer when the Midlands is lush, green and stunning as always.

Yours in hospitality, thank you.

The Rawdons Family
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Additional Information about Rawdons Hotel & Estate

Address: Nottingham Road | Between Balgowan and Mooi River, Nottingham Road 3280, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Nottingham Road
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Nottingham Road
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rawdons Hotel is situated in the heart of the beautiful KwaZulu Natal midlands meander. A family run hotel for the past 40 years - set on a stunning 240ha estate is a great place to unwind. We have a superb Micro Brewery on the property brewing some great ales and lagers. The pub is more English than most English hotels. The rooms have recently been upgraded and well appointed and an boardwalk alongside the main dam leads to various birding, cycling and walking trails. We look forward to welcoming you to our piece of heaven. And if having so many repeat guests over the years isn't testimony to our offerings, then come and see for yourself. ... more   less 

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